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The photograph on this page - the iconic photograph of Jessie Gilbert - was taken by John Saunders in 2003.
In January 1999, just short of her twelfth birthday, Jessie captured the Women's World Amateur Chess Championship. As a junior and shortly as an adult she went on to become one of Britain's leading players. A brilliant all-round scholar as well as a talented musician, she won a place to study medicine at Oxford, hoping to follow in her mother's footsteps. Her life was cut tragically short in July 2006.
Like many people who knew Jessie only slightly, I was deeply affected by her death. In October last year I published a bibliography of her life, which I advertised in a chess Usenet Group, only to be met with the response "And who,, just might Jessie Gilbert be ...pray tell ??"
Inadequate though it may be, this small collection will ensure that no one need ever ask that question again.
I have indexed all the relevant files chronologically as far as possible, and for the most part one document per Archive page. All the pages can be located via the unique (case sensitive) keyword JessieGilbertVirtualArchive.
January 30, 2010
Chronological Index To THE JESSIE GILBERT VIRTUAL ARCHIVE
March 29, 1987: Certificate of Baptism for Jessie Gilbert
January 1996: Surrey Girls Chess League Newsletter
April 9-10, 1996: A certificate awarded to Jessie
April 21, 1996: Certificate from 1st Chigwell Junior Chess Congress
May 11, 1996: Certificate from the National Girls' Schools Chess Championships
May 17, 1996: Croydon Advertiser
July 17, 1996: Croydon Post
July 25, 1997: Caterham and District Advertiser
September 18, 1997: CROYDON Guardian
September 4, 1998: Coulsdon Advertiser
December 31, 1998: Jessie's score of her game with David Howell
January 4, 1999: Stephen Cunliffe v Jessie Gilbert, Hastings
January 7, 1999: Jessie Gilbert v Thomas Cleary, Hastings
circa January 9, 1999: Jessie's autographed Hastings Congress programme
circa January 9, 1999: A brief excerpt of an interview with Jessie from Sky TV
circa January 11, 1999: Two photographs
January 15, 1999: Caterham Advertiser
January 22, 1999: Coulsdon And Purley Advertiser
January 22, 1999: Croydon Advertiser
February 1999: CHS Jazz
February 6, 1999: The Times chess column
March 14, 1999: Extract from Hansard
March 25, 1999: Autographed official invitation
March 28, 1999: Jessie's letter to Grandmaster Edmar Mednis
December 1999: CHS Jazz
March 10, 2000: Caterham and District Advertiser
January-February 2006: ChessMoves
February, 2006: A photograph from South Korea
May 21, 2006: Tshepiso Lopang v Jessie Gilbert
May/June 2006: ChessMoves
August 17, 2006: Funeral tribute by Lorna Ogilvie
September 2006: British Chess Magazine, obituary
circa December 2006: Southern Counties Chess Association Yearbook
February 23, 2007: Radio Five Live interview with Angela Gilbert
2008: Recollections of Leonard Barden
2008: Gawain Jones on Jessie Gilbert
2008: Peter Wilson on Jessie Gilbert
Alexander Baron, Sydenham, London. January 30, 2010